Charlotte Police Chief Comments On Video Of Keith Scott’s Death
Keith Scott’s family in North Carolina will be allowed to see video of his death in a police shooting. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said today it won’t be publicly released unless there’s a compelling reason to do so. Scott’s death has triggered two nights of violent protests in Charlotte. Chief Putney said he’s seen the video of Scott’s encounter with police and it doesn’t show absolute evidence that Scott pointed a weapon. Putney added that all the evidence gathered so far tends to back up the police account of the shooting.
Hagerstown Police Release Video Of Teen Arrest
Hagerstown Police are releasing body camera footage of a teenage girl getting aggressively arrested and pepper sprayed. Authorities say the 15-year-old hit a car with her bicycle on Sunday. When police tried to question her about it, the teen can be seen refusing to cooperate by kicking and thrashing. As she’s loaded into the cruiser, an officer pepper sprays her. The officers involved in the arrest will remain on duty while the department investigates. A crowd of around 100 gathered to protest outside police headquarters yesterday.
Free Museum Tickets Getting Scalped Online
Dozens of free passes for the Smithsonian’s newest museum are getting scalped online. An investigation by “ABC-7” has turned up people trying to sell the tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture for up to 120-dollars a piece. The passes were doled out for free twice last month, and sold out quickly each time.
Howard Cheerleaders’ Anthem Protest Going Viral
The cheerleaders at Howard University are going viral. Before kickoff of a football game at DC’s RFK Stadium this past weekend, the entire cheerleading squad took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Zachary Johnson, a student at the historically black college, tweeted out an image of the protest. It’s led to both praise and ire online. Johnson added that the Howard football players all raised fists in the air during the Anthem as well.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.